Our skin changes throughout the seasons of the year. Most commonly, during the winter, our skin tends to be dry and flaky. It’s not enough to invest in a few skincare products and treatments and expect them to do their job year-round. It is essential to tailor your daily grooming routine to suit the season. Just as we change our wardrobe season to season, our skincare routine should change to reflect the climate.
What Happens to Your Skin in Winter?
Between meetings, you are outside in the cold, with the wind lashing against your face. Then very suddenly, you’re in the extreme warmth of your office or home, with internal heating turned up.
Your skin reacts strongly to these changes in temperature and humidity. As a result, it is common for you to experience dry skin, itchiness, redness, rashes, flaking and the development of fine lines. Those who have sensitive skin (or have skin conditions such as eczema) are particularly affected. Such dry and dehydrated skin can lead to cracking and bleeding which can leave your skin more vulnerable to infections.
Signs That Your Skin Is Suffering During Winter
There are many signs that can help individuals determine if their skin is suffering from dryness, dehydration or can point towards needing a little bit of extra help. These can include:
- Tightness of the skin
- Flaking skin
- Development of fine lines
- Cracks in skin
- Itchiness of the Skin
- Sensitivity to creams, handwashes or moisturiser
Tips On Caring For Your Skin in Winter
Most people will treat their dry skin by applying additional layers of moisturiser in winter. Doing this can actually have adverse effects on your skin and can cause breakouts of the skin. Thus, it is important to pay attention to the products you are putting on your face, to not only ensure that they are going to help your skin, but also prevent any potential breakouts.
During winter, it is important to use men’s skincare products which contain hyaluronic acid. This is an ingredient which is naturally produced by our skin. It has the ability to hold 10000 times its own weight in water, meaning that it helps to hydrate the skin from the inside out.
This ingredient helps to create a barrier against the harsh elements of Winter, rather than leaving the skin exposed. Consider products in the Ultraceutricals range, including the replenishing mask, which is rich in vitamin B and contains hyaluronic acid.
Consider implementing new skin treatments into your routine, including:
1. Treatment Masks
If your skin is suffering from dryness, lack of radiance, dullness or surface congestion, consider doing some skin treatments. This can be masks at home, or professional peels and facials for extra help. Facial masks are able to introduce moisture back into your skin, helping your skin, during Winter, feeling less dry and more nourished. Consider using a treatment mask at least once a fortnight.
2. Switch to a Heavier Moisturiser
As your skin is drier, it may be time to switch to a heavier, more hydrating moisturiser. Look for creams that contain hyaluronic acid, rather than lotions. This will help keep your skin hydrated during the day and night and helps minimise any dryness you may experience.
3. Warm Water over Hot Water
As it is Winter, it is tempting to use hot water for everything, including showering and washing your face. However, hot water can contribute to the dryness you may be feeling and even make it worse. Hot water can wash away natural oils in your skin, which then make your skin less hydrated.
4. Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Face cleansers that have ingredients such as fragrances or additives tend to dry out the skin. Thus, in Winter, it is best to avoid them. Consider switching to a gentler cleaner to ensure that your face cleanser is not damaging your skin and is not stripping your skin of its natural oils. The more protected your natural oils are, the more moisture your skin will have.
Preventing your skin from the harsh effects of Winter does not need an entire skincare routine change. It just means switching out a few products and being mindful of your skin by giving it a little extra care. If your skin is suffering, it is worth consulting one of our skin professionals for more information about our skin treatments. Ultimately, changing a few things in your grooming routine during Winter and some extra support from Face of Man can save your skin from dryness, irritation and discomfort.
The Ultraceuticals mask range is designed to have multi-uses. For optimum skin benefits these masks can be massaged into the skin after 10 minutes and left overnight.
To help you this winter with your skin health we are going to give you a complimentary mask valued at $65 when you purchase 2 Ultraceuticals products
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